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Bright Earth a book that I had no knowledge of except that it had ended up on my Reading List and somehow thought was going to be a novel set in India turns out to be a history of the pigments used in artists paints It was an eye opener even literally I suppose I had never eally thought artists paints It was an eye opener even literally I suppose I had never eally thought the character of art being influenced by the available materials I hope I am not alone in having unthinkingly sort of assumed that all pigments were available to all artists everywhere and that color choices in art were pretty much just a matter of culture and aesthetics I had another think comingThe book begins with a brief outline of the science physics and chemistry of color then progresses or less chronologically from antiuity to the early 20th Century Then there is an especially interesting chapter on how and why paintings decay over time and another on art prints in The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark reproduction Ball closes with a pair of weaker but necessary chapters on new pigments in the paintings of the last 100 years and the use of color in newer non painted mediaIt is in many ways a fun and thought provoking book Its strength it must be said is not in showing how theange of available of pigments in particular times and places influenced the history of art Ball often gestures towards this kind of analysis but outside of a very few cut and dried examples the wealthier Renaissance patrons liked their painters to use a lot of Ultramarine because it was conspicuously Expensive It Turns Out To it turns out to pretty tough to draw many strict causative arrows from the materials to what ended up getting painted Turns out that culture and aesthetics are pretty key after allYet there is still a lot to like in the Ball s materials focused history It is for one thing ich in uirky anecdotes Chasing down the trail of paint history takes him through dazzlingly dense thickets of color linguistics the lore and actual practice of alchemy the early history of chemistry as a science and the emergence of the chemical industry Throw in centuries of uirky artists and you ve got a lot of great stories Ball tells them well and a skill lacking in many modern non fiction writers knows how to employ a long uotation to solid effectToo looking at the paint shows new aspects of the paintings I have again naively always thought of a painting being essentially a two dimensional array of colored fields and figures Ball shows how many pictorial effects are achieved through the layering of paints with underpainting determining the overall tone of a piece and layers of translucent overpainting changing the character of a opaue original layer It literally adds a new dimension depth to my conception of the painted surfaceFinally for each historical period he covers Ball tosses in a little capsule summary of the era s traditional art history While not strictly necessary for a history of paint these are so apt and engagingly written that they are a welcome addition to the text Bright Earth is not after all a book with a powerfully argued thesis nor does it provide anything like comprehensive coverage of any specific topic It s eally of a scrapbook about paint the painters who used them and the industrial proto industrial and chemical processes that brought them into being It is an excellent leisure ead for anyone who loves col. From Egyptian wall paintings to the Venetian Renaissance impressionism to digital images Philip Ball tells ,
Or art or looking at history from a new and unexpected angle The subtitle of this book is Art and the Invention of Color It s a book that I ve been looking for for years I saw it once in the bookstore at a museum many years ago and didn t buy it When I saw it again it was an instant purchase The book pretty much answers the very basic uestion Where does color come from From the early Greeks and their very basic palette to the Renaissance and beyond Out of the birth of Chemistry came vibrant colors used by the painters of the time Vibrant yes but ather colors used by the painters of the time Vibrant yes but The Glass Arrow rather as well From the brown anded ochres to the story of blue to purple and the story of chemical dye industry A fascinating eadPigments are not not simply and solely colour but substances with specific properties and attributes not the least among them cost How is your desire for blue affected if you had just paid for it than its euivalent weight in gold That yellow looks glorious but what if its traces on your fingertips could poison you at your supper table This orange tempts like distilled sunlight but How Do You Know do you know it will not have faded to dirty brown by next year What in short is your elationship with the materials Pink was a pigment of diverse provenance ecipes identify it as an extract of weld broom or unripe buckthorn berries but often of an indisputably yellow hue Pinks were in fact defined neither in terms of their ingredients nor of their color for there were also green pinks brown pinks and ose pinks It appears that the noun Lightfoot the Historian: The Nature and Role of History in the Life and Thought of J.B. Lightfoot (1828-1884) as Churchman and Scholar refers instead to the method of synthesisAbout Tyrian purple Each shellfish yielded just a drop of the dye which was why the stuff was so fiendishly precious and why a significant proportion of the Phoenician population was employed in its manufacture One ounce of the dyeeuired the sacrifice of around 250000 shellfish The shell piles of the Phoenicians still litter the eastern shore of the Mediterranean910S 41215 F 43015 19 Days A book that blunts the edge of curiosity A whirlwind of breathless prose when discussing painting s master pieces it veers from art history to chemistry to long lists of names and synonyms back to physics badly explained to endless paragraphs of technicalities see the chapter on photography I couldn t see the forest for the trees Disappointing given how much I enjoyed some of Ball s other writing Wow this is the book I have needed for years Ball eminds me of John McPhee when he takes on a subject it is an all inclusive ide Ball is a chemist and an excellent write The best parts are the historical tracereis of the names of colors we take for granted but have no connection any to the earthiness of their origins Like this Crimson comes from the Greek word that approximated the name of an insect that when crushed by pestol would produce an
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dye of bluish Gideon's Ride redIt is not particularly well written very dense and sometimes clumsy But it is so fascinating that one puts up with the style because the ideas ar Fascinating exploration of the chemistry of color in Western art which examines theelationship between science and technology on the one hand and art and aesthetics on the other I m intrigued by the physicality of the media artists have used through the centuries and how the embodied nature of paints dyes and pi. He fascinating story of how art chemistry and technology have interacted throughout the ages to ender the ,
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Gments have influenced artistic expression This book although a bit too technical and dry at times gives a wonderful overview of this topic and a decent general history of Western art to boot This eview originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Whenever I tell people that I m colorblind they want to talk about it which can be frustrating What s it like they ask What s it like not being colorblind I The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space, Volume 2 reply The best I can do is to explain that no the world doesn t look like a black and white movie to me I m mildlyed green deficient For me some pinkish beiges are identical to greenish ones some purples are indistinguishable from bluish gray You can see what I see if you go to wwwcolorfieldcomFilterGallery1ahtml and put your cursor over the word deutan between the pictures But there s no way we can talk about what I see or from your point of view don t see Language has always been a feeble instrument when it comes to color Take Homer s famous image the wine dark sea No wine I know of is the color of Homer s Aegean unless it s some blueberry flavored concoction from Boone s Farm Further linguistic confusion If you look up the etymolo Brimful of facts
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book enhances understanding of colors color perception and production drawing and history of art in general You know how sometimes you go on a date with someone and you feel like ok they had some interesting things to say but you don t necessarily want to go out with them again That s how I feel about this book In the end I gave up on Mise En Sc�ne: Cin�ma Et Lecture reading this straight through and ended up using the index to skip around There s some interesting facts in it and I appreciate that but the author s tone is a little too lofty for my tastes and some of the information is definitely outdated For example the author explicitly says there is noeason to suppose that our ability to distinguish colors is limited by the structure of our color vocabulary but this is directly contradicted by the latest esearch There are some nice plates throughout the book vocabulary but this is directly contradicted by the latest esearch There are some nice plates throughout the book I was disappointed that only one of the credited artists was non white and that there were zero female artists whose work I could find epresented in the plates This despite the author s overwrought apologia about gender epresentation from the preface I have often used the masculine third person to denote a generic painter until the 20th century This is simply an attempt to be consistent with historical ecord female painters were usually such a are exception that his or her would jar within the context Imagine me The Third Lynx (Quadrail, rolling my eyes and making the international hand gesture for Wanker here But he s not done We can deplore the ineuities of early ages without trying to deny them But as you will see some women were able to become painters even the most chauvinistic of timesTo which I can only say Thanks but No Thanks and maybe go fuck yourself while youe at it Because apparently you can deplore the ineuities of earlier ages while also perpetuating them Fascinating I learned a lot A comprehensive and engaging Mixed Doubles review of the development of colorants pigments and dyeswhich illuminates many interesting intersections between art science and industry Wish there had been a bit about pigmented materials other than paint pastels for instance but overall a greatead. Orgeous hues we admire on our walls and in our museumsFinalist for the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Awa.


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